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Featured Profile: Lloyd Sumner


Lloyd Sumner

In the leading-edge field of metabolomics, University of Missouri researcher Dr. Lloyd Sumner is known globally for his expertise.

The study of metabolomics takes a large scale look at metabolites – substances produced by living things during metabolism – to help understand the complex biology of health and disease. It has exciting applications for the life sciences, including plant biology, systems biology, whole organism biology, veterinary sciences and biomedicine.

Sumner’s area of expertise is plant chemistry and how metabolites influence growth, health and disease resistance. To facilitate his research, as well as that of other metabolomics scientists, he developed cutting edge tools for large-scale chemical identification of metabolites and analyzing vast numbers of metabolites within an organism. The tools are being used to “sequence” model plant metabolomes, the first time such an effort has been possible.

Sumner is founding director of the MU Metabolomics Center, which is devoted to interdisciplinary research in this important field. His work at the Center helps him continue addressing important biological questions and advancing the technology of metabolomics.

Dr. Lloyd Sumner is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former president of both the Metabolomics Society and the Phytochemistry Society of North America. He is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry, an interdisciplinary unit of the School of Medicine and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, and a researcher at Bond Life Sciences Center.

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Related Initiative(s):
One Health/One Medicine